Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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Liz and I are starting the long and arduous search for a home.
Any people with experience who could pass along some knowledge
about "this is the home we want" would be appreciated.

5 comments:

killy said...

jesus christo, whatever you do, don't move to clear lake!

killy said...

test comment. please disregard

Amber said...

The one thing I wish we had done in retrospect because it can save you thousands of dollars -- drive around the neighborhoods you like and look at for sale signs and try calling the home owner or the builder directly because if you go through a realtor they will take a very large commission.

The one really good thing about using a realtor is that, if you have a good one, they should be able to tell you if everything looks structurally sound ... So, unless you feel confident to make that judgement call yourself, or you have a friend who is an architect, a realtor, or an engineer who will take a look with you, then a realtor would still be smart to go through.

taggart said...

Yeah, buying direct from a owner is a handy thing, especially for the seller. Albeit with a few caveats.
However if the house already has a sign most likely they are working with a realtor. And if so are already under contract meaning the realtor takes a cut off the sale of the home.
Did you mean that you payed a realtor when you bought a house or that the home owner would sell the house for less because a realtor wasn't taking a cut?
Liz's dad has bought MANY a home and is handy in all manly ways so he is a good source of wisdom and observation. Liz's brother is also a builder for Perry Homes and also a good person to know for estimates in getting things done.

Amber said...

There are usually 2 different realtors involved in the sell of a house from what I understand -- the buyer's realtor and the seller's realtor. Each realtor represents his/her client's interests, and each realtor also takes a commission, which is a percentage of the total sale. Eliminate both realtors and you save mucho bucks... A lot of builders and home owners realize this and so try to sell directly to buyers.

Or, in the case of our builder, they work it from both angles. Our house was listed with a realtor, but if we had driven by the house on our own, we might have seen the builder working on the house, and had we approached him directly, he later confided, we could have bought it from him without the realtor (not sure if he meant our realtor or both realtos) being involved. Once you contact the realtor, however, it is illegal to then try to buy from the builder directly.

I see a lot of for sale signs that say "For Sale By Owner," too, and classified ads will usually be written in some variation of this as well.

Hope this helps -- it sounds like you have some good people in the family who can help out, too! I'll look forward to seeing the pics of your new home on the blog -- sooo exciting!